Duchy Marathon and Duchy 20

The weather was so much better than anticipated!
Both distances set off to an extremely loud bang at 10:30am following the same route. The first section of the run is largely flat and it is tempting to start out too quickly and regret it later on.
It was much more social than the Cornish Marathon due to the larger field and the different distances, which meant you were always with someone. I was with Mark and Nigel for a large part of the first lap. We found a steady pace at which we could discuss tactics for surviving the latter parts of the run.
The wind was pretty strong as we ran along the North cliffs and it was a relief to turn off and head towards Pool with the wind at our heels. You soon hit the first real hill and fortunately for me I only had to get through it once!
Nigel and I pushed on and finally parted company just after 13 miles or so where the two routes split. The 20 milers run up a street and back down and then rejoin the route. At about the 15 mile point the 20 milers take a short cut to avoid the North cliffs, rejoining the Marathon course close to Pool. The last section is not too bad until you start to ascend the hill from the roundabout up to the Penventon Hotel. It is then downhill towards the town centre to the short uphill finish at the rear of the hotel.
Janet, Gus and myself sensibly did the 20 miler as a training run. Gus is preparing for the London and Janet and myself the Tresco. Gus put in an excellent time of 2h 15m 39s, well on course for a sub 3 hour marathon. I was delighted to brake the 2h 30m mark by 49s and yet again Janet put in an excellent time of 3h 8m 15s (Did you enjoy the tropical gel???)
The other runners did the full distance, some of which I have to say are masochistic! The reason being they are doing a second marathon in only 5 weeks, either London or Tresco. Anyway, Nigel had an outstanding run achieving 3h 14m 19s on his first ever marathon! Don struggled with cramp but still arrived home in a very respectable 3h 26m 46s. Mark improved his PB by over 17mins finishing in 3h 35m 37s – it’s amazing what you can do when you wear the correct size footwear ;-). Sue finished with another excellent time of 3h 47m 37s, picking up an age group prize. Nancy just keeps getting better, knocking more than 30mins off her PB with 3h 49m 31s and picking up an age group prize and last but by no means least another amazing result from Sam who knocked over a hour, yes an hour, off his PB and coming in under 4 hours with 3h 58m 00s.
Well done to everyone and as always a big thanks goes out to all the marshalls.

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